Watering The Weeds Or Cultivating The Garden

Genesis 2:15

God’s design and desire for humanity – Free Choice

“I think God has more faith in us than we do in Him” – PR

Jesus: “The WAY – to the TRUTH – which leads to LIFE.”

Free Choice – a Two-Edged Sword that either Frees us or Enslaves us

Desire – “Hardwired” into our natural hardware by God

Wade Taylor – “He places within us the Desire to be apprehended for the very purpose that He had in mind when He first touched our spirits. We must believe this, and again to seek the outworking of that for which we were also apprehended.”

Apprehend – To intuitively grasp the meaning of something and be captured by it.

Without Desire, there’s nothing to impel us forward:

Our life energy is a product of our desires.

Denying desire = Denying our God-given nature and the ultimate purpose of our existence.

Attachments – Habits and idiosyncrasies added to the “True Self.”

Compulsive – when our desires “Take Over” – Result: Slaves to our own desires

1 Corinthians 12:10 – the gift of spiritual discernment

“Watering the weeds” – surrendering some of my inner freedom by arranging my life to serve my fears and aversions, thereby giving them the POWER to rule.

Matthew 27:1 – Pontius Pilate

God’s desire for mankind – to make “Life-Giving” choices leading to FREEDOM

A Word for RCF: “Stop watering the weeds that are growing in the midst of your garden.”

“Choose LIFE and direct your energies toward cultivating the Life-Giving fruit I’ve planted in the Garden of your hearts.”(Galatians 5:22-23)

“Remember, My Kingdom is within you. So, seek me with clean and clear hearts, and you will find me and apprehend what you were apprehended for.”

DE-STRESS – RE-ASSESS – 5-Sep-2021

REFOCUS  YOUR VISION.

Are you struggling? Are you in need of more of God? Are you hungry and thirsty for more of Him?

It is imperative that we learn to wait on Him.

Psalm 27:14 Psalm 37:7

We often find ourselves in troubling circumstances, and we step into stress instead of stepping into REST. Gratitude is the open door into His Presence. When we encounter His Presence in the midst of our lives, especially in trying times, there is an acceleration of our own development as believers. He reveals to us our true identity and forms His character within us, and HIS OUTCOME is released. This is the will of God. The Prince of Peace must take up permanent residence in the center of our being in the NEW REALM of the Spirit. Then it is the work of the Holy Spirit to take what belongs to Jesus and make it real to us. John 16:15

“The outcome of His intention is the finishing line. He intends that we reach” GC 

Ps 119:37- “Help me turn my eye away from illusions so that I may pursue only that which is true; drench my soul with life as I walk in Your paths.”

STRESS is a by-product of a life NOT FOCUSED ON CHRIST WITHIN IN THIS NEW REALM.

THE REAL YOU IS NOT STRESSED. GC

 WE MUST STAY FILLED with God.

Overcome as we depend on Him.

Take care of our own vineyard. 

Weed the garden. Get enough sunshine and fertilizer so we can grow well.  

God alone offers comfort to us who are suffering in the midst of difficulties. In our brokenness, God joins us and cultivates His character within and conforms us into His image. God sees suffering as a means to develop the spiritual fruit of patient endurance in us, which produces our crop of godly righteousness and peace in our lives as we become one who has been trained or exercised by it. We become groomed by our Father and begin to display the love of Jesus Christ.

Eph 4:17- “then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the RESTING PLACE OF HIS LOVE will become the very source and root of your life.”

Pray together: JESUS, I OPEN MY LIFE TO YOU AND ASK YOU TO BE LORD OF EVERY AREA. CHANGE ME. PURIFY ME. LET ME SEE MYSELF THE WAY YOU DO SO THAT I MAY REALIZE MY TRUE IDENTITY. WHEN I FOCUS ON YOU, I AM CONFIDENT AND COURAGEOUS-TRULY ALIVE. SO, I WILL KEEP MY FOCUS ON YOU, AND TOGETHER, WE WILL VICTORIOUSLY OVERCOME MY SHORTCOMINGS AND WEAKNESSES.

We want to be like Job.  Job 42:5–6 – “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but NOW MY SPIRITUAL EYES SEE YOU, AND I PRAISE YOU, REPENTING IN DUST AND ASHES.” 

In Revelation, the Word reads: “The Bride has made herself ready…clothed with linen garments.”  What does that mean? 

The linen garments are the righteous acts of the Saints,.our responses to and the results formed in our lives in the midst of the troubles we face and overcome as we rise up and See God in the midst. 

ONLY then we can then go higher and deeper with God, pressing on for the prize of the high calling of God. Phil 3

So, consider how God accomplishes His purposes in our lives: so that we transform into His image. He wants us to SEE HIM AS HE IS SO WE CAN BE LIKE HIM. THROUGH DIFFICULTIES.

Deut 8:3

Some instruction from Isaiah 55 is an invitation to receive the glory of the Lord’s restoration.

Are you hungry and thirsty for more of God? 

Come to the waters

Gain entrance with thanksgiving and praise.

Listen carefully to God.

Eat only what is good.

Let your soul delight itself in His abundance.

Enter into a covenant relationship with God.

Seek Him, call on Him when He is near.

Return to Him.

Forsake your way

Walk in His way

Go out with joy.

Be led by the Lord Himself with peace.

Consider the operation of His Word and His faithfulness.

His thoughts are not our thoughts. His ways are higher.

As the rain and snow come down from heaven and do not return there without watering the earth, making it bear and sprout, and providing seed to the sower and bread to the eater.  SO WILL MY WORD BE WHICH GOES OUT OF MY MOUTH; IT WILL NOT RETURN TO ME VOID, WITHOUT ACCOMPLISHING WHAT I DESIRE, AND WITHOUT SUCCEEDING IN THE MATTER FOR WHICH I SENT IT.

Pray together: “Our Father, may the Glory of Your Name be the center on which our life turns. May Your Holy Spirit come upon us and cleanse us. Manifest Your kingdom on earth “Luke 11:2

Adam is Us! – 29-Aug-2021

Any outward display of power without inner transformation isn’t Supernatural, just Superhuman.

Spiritual Anbesol – Busyness, “Toys,” Noise.  Or any Distraction to distract us

Serpent’s lie – Venom that poisoned Adam’s identity in God; midwife to the False Self

In its simplicity, the desire to be like God is the desire to be what God originally intended for man to be.

Adam’s Sin – more a matter of IDENTITY than a SIN of MORALITY

Adam is more than a historical figure whose mess up created a multi-generational “Identity Birth defect” – Adam is US in our disobedience to God.

The Inner Battle – Truth Vs. Lie – God’s Gift of Identity Vs. An Illusion – True Self Vs. False Self

False self – must go to the Cross each day to be deconstructed

Thomas Merton – ”The secret of my identity is hidden in the love and mercy of God.”

1 Corinthians 15:45-46 – Jesus, The Second Adam – God’s Mercy

James 1: 22-25(NIV) Do not merely listen to the Word – DO IT!

Pain Relief – 22-Aug-2021

Suffering and His Identity from Pastor Marie

Pain Relief

1 Corinthians 15:45-46 (TPT)

”The spiritual life is to be pursued as though NO spiritual life exists because it is not really a separate life — Only ONE Life exists, and that is from God which is given to us moment to moment.”

Christianity — Deconstruction and Reconstruction surrounding CHAOS

Chaos — a cause of instability and PAIN:  Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual

General Pain — 3 Types : 

  1. Burns, cuts, lacerations — damage to organs, muscles, bones, etc.
  2. Inflammation — swelling, throbbing, etc.
  3. Neuropathy — excessive and abnormal sensitivity: magnifies ordinary sensory outputs and converts them into pain

External Energy used for relief; Massage therapy, Sonic Heat, Hydro-thermal

Emotional and Spiritual Neuropathy  – constant emotional pain, lacking peace in their minds and hearts

John 14: 27 Jesus’ peace

  1. Restores to ONENES
  2. Single-minded focus
  3. Clears confusion
  4. Stability

“World’s” peace — lack of conflict

James 1:8 — “A double-minded man is UNSTABLE in all of his ways.”

Unstable Mind — yield Confusion — Doubt — Shakey Faith, causing “Spiritual Sensory Overload.”

S.S.O. — sends wrong signals to our minds and spirits that cause pain by magnifying untruthful messages

Pain is real — messages are NOT– “Nobody likes you.” — Too fat/ skinny/ tall/short. Etc

Negative messages – common goal: Pain, Sickness, and Death

Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice — communicate with God  — be Grateful.”

Philippians 4:7 “…and the Peace of God will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” — Because of your RELATIONSHIP with Him

Your Hearts — will receive inner peace

Your Minds  — will gain Clarity of thought

You’ve Got a Friend

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting yourself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and LISTENING to His voice in the depths of your hearts. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.” –Mother Teresa

  • Being ALONE – can allow us to enter into peaceful solitude and find salvation and rest
  • LONELINESS  – carries with it a vague sense of not mattering or not belonging
  • LONELINESS is melancholic and nostalgic – a longing for “home” and the peace that comes from solitude.

“Home is the place where when you get there, they have to let you in.”
    –R
obert Frost

  • Home” not as much as being a building but a web of relationships.
  • We’re at HOME when we are with people who know us and still care for us regardless of our behavior
  • Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to ME…
  • A FRIEND is someone you know, like, and trust; one who will stand with you in a struggle.
  • All of Jesus’ early disciples either knew each other or were related to one another. They weren’t randomly picked.
  • Point: He knew them BEFORE He called them – warts and all!
  • Jesus’ chosen friends:
  1. Peter– proud, tempestuous, impetuous, denied the Lord
    Luke 22:50-51 – Cuts a guy’s ear off

    Galatians 2:11 – “A man-pleaser.”
    Matthew 17:4 – Rude and spoke out of turn
    1. Thomas – John 20:19-25 – Unbelief
    1. John – The “Apostle of Love” – wanted to incinerate people -Spirit of MURDER
  • James and John – “Sons of Thunder” – All Noise – No Power!
  • Mark 9:38 – “Hey, you’re not from MY CHURCH-put that demon back in that guy.”
  • Women with them;  Luke 8:1-3 – “…healed of evil spirits….”
  • Mark 3:13-15 – “And He called unto Himself those He WANTED.”
  • Ephesians 3:17-18 – That we might “KNOW the love of Christ….”

Rest

Selah- pause and calmly think of that. PAUSE.

We need to be filled with His goodness consistently. When we rest, He removes anything that is detrimental to HIS character. HIS Rest causes is to feel satisfied, nourished, and restored from the inside out. REFRESHED, REFILLED, REVIVED, RENEWED, REJUVENATED, REPLENISHED IN HIS PRESENCE: RESTING. Resting in His Grace changes our viewing platform and our perspective. REST IS A GIFT FROM GOD that we need to take care of our spirits, souls and bodies.
                                                          -Saundra Deltona Smith MD. SACRED REST

Some ways to come into rest:

BODY – MIND – EMOTIONS – WILL – SPIRIT   Rest in Your Identity as ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED.

“A wounded spirit who can bear?” PROVERBS 18:14b(KJV) 

GOD CAN HEAL THIS. GOD CAN HEAL ANYTHING.

“SPIRIT-MAN, ALIGNED WITH GOD, WALKING IN RHYTHM WITH HIM IN AUTHENTIC TRUTH, WILL RESULT IN HEALING AND ACCEPTANCE IN EVERY PART OF OUR BEING.” -Pastor Marie

Social – Sensory – Creative

COME TO GOD. GET RESTED IN HIS PRESENCE.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS, for My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

Mark 6:31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “COME WITH ME BY YOURSELVES TO A QUIET PLACE AND GET SOME REST.”

 When we rest, we synchronize with God. Our natural circadian rhythm will reset in harmony with Him.  

Exodus 33:14- My Presence shall go with you, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST.

Nu’ach: to rest, settle down, be soothed or quieted; to be secure; to be still; to dwell peacefully.

Ephesians 3:14-17(TPT) “So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth. And I pray that he will unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power. Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and THE RESTING PLACE OF HIS LOVE will become the very source and root of your life.”

Love: Jesus Style

Love: Jesus Style by Pastor Roy Esposito
  • Matthew 22:37-39
  • John 13:35A “New” commandment:  “Love as I love.
  1. Attentiveness — Jesus LISTENED and was PRESENT
  2. Caring Confrontation  — No MALICE
  3. Generational Thinking  — Imparted Authority
  4. Celebrated People  — as Gifts from God  —   Matthew 25:40 (TPT)
  5. Humour  — approached people with Joy and Mirth
  6. Creativity  — spiritual matters in improvisational stories- “Parables.”
  7. Reverence – respect for people, family, home, nature
  8. Compassion –  KARA – (Gothic)  – “To enter into another’s sorrow with them”

    First,  become “CARERS”  — HEALING follows
    John 7:38 (AMP)
    James 5:15-16 (AMP)

  9. Forgiveness– The ultimate expression of God’s love

Foreknowledge, Predestination, and Freewill: 18-Jul-21

by Pastor Roy Esposito

  • 1 Samuel 23:1-13 – Two questions:
    1. “Should I go?”
    2. “Will I defeat them?
  • Two questions:
    1. “Will Saul threaten the city because of my presence?”
    2. “Will they deliver me to him?” – God answered “Yes” to all four.
  • But NONE of these events actually occurred!
  • Significance: Foreknowledge does not necessitate predestination.
  • The theological point: That which never happens can be foreknown by God but NOT predestined simply because the event NEVER HAPPENED.
  • The fact that God foresaw an event does not require that the event WILL happen.
  • It may become an ACTUAL event or just a POSSIBILITY.
  • Predestination and Foreknowledge are separable.
  • God may foreknow AND predestine an event which doesn’t necessarily include the decisions to yet be made by those He has granted the gift of FREEWILL.
  • The final outcome of the event may be sovereignly ordained but the MEANS to that end may or may not be ordained.
  • Implications:
    • This is the way God has decided  His rule over human affairs will work.
    • Has significance in understanding the “FALL”  and the presence of all evil in general.
    • God is GOOD and never evil.
  • There is no biblical reason to assert that God is a factor in the evil of the world.
  • There is no biblical reason to argue that God predestined the “Fall” even though He foreknew it.
  • There is no biblical support for the idea that God has factored in all evil acts in history in order to bring about His “Grand Plan” for the universe.
  • God doesn’t need the rape of a child or a holocaust so that some greater good may come from it.
  •  EVIL is a perversion of God’s good gift of freewill.
  • EVil arises from the choices made by imperfect beings – human and divine.
  • Freewill in the hands of imperfect beings, human or divine, means that they can opt for their own authority in place of God’
  • Heaven and Earth are separate but CONNECTED realms.
  • Sadly, BOTH of God’s household have experienced rebellion resulting in a protracted war against God’s original intention.
  • Good News! – God is fully committed to preserve what He began.
  • Philippians 1:6 – “God is the one who began this good work in you and I am certain He won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.”

The Lord’s Prayer – 11-Jul-2021

by Pastor Marie Esposito

The Lord’s Prayer 

Our heavenly Father,  MAY THE GLORY OF YOUR NAME BE THE CENTER ON WHICH OUR LIFE TURNS. May your Holy Spirit come upon us and cleanse us. Manifest your kingdom on earth. Luke 11:2 

John 17:26

Jesus’s LIFE PURPOSE WAS TO MAKE KNOWN THE NAME, THE CHARACTER AND THE WILL OF GOD TO HIS DISCIPLES.  

Luke 11:1-4 

OUR FATHER -Family -intimate relationship – acknowledging God’s authority – His protection, His care, His love is ours. All that He is- is ours – all His expressions are functions – every aspect of what is His is ours. 

WHO ART IN HEAVEN-Where is heaven? In the heavens and here and in our hearts. 

HALLOWED BE THY NAME- Worshiping and bowing in reverence before the Holy Father.  Surrender.  All of his Names indicate His character. First and foremost, He is Holy. – His empowering grace for us. 

THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN- We are in agreement with your desire for Your Kingdom to rule and reign. Your will is best. 

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD… We ask for provision for the day, physical and spiritual. We ask specifically for again indicative of the intimate family relationship. 

FORGIVE US AS WE FORGIVE OTHERS-Be specific – Confess, repent, and move back into grace. Help us with this and that. Help me with this and that. 

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION – Keep us making good decisions and remain on the narrow path in this and that. 

DELIVER US FROM EVIL – deliver us from the snare of the fowler. Ps 91:3 says Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler. Father, help us to uncover the subtle plans of the enemy.

MODEL  – OUTLINE FOR EXPANSION. JH

 God’s power alone can change things and bring heaven’s rule (HIS kingdom) INSTEAD, and the honor and the glory for PRAYER’S ANSWERS ARE HIS.

THE PRAYING IS OURS TO DO. 

ALL KINGDOM MINISTRY BEGINS WITH, IS SUSTAINED BY, AND WILL TRIUMPH THROUGH PRAYER. JH 

Without the intervention of God’s kingdom rule through prayer, Earth’s circumstances will succumb to inevitable consequences. Earthly scenes of need MUST  be penetrated by God’s “will here, as in heaven.”

INTERCESSION. WE REPLACE AND DISPLACE  powers, principalities, rulers of darkness and their evil intentions, and man’s base, evil fleshly inclinations. WE MUST PRAY-

HERE IT IS IN THE PASSION VERSION-Luke 11:1-4 “Would you teach us a model prayer that we can pray, just like John did for his disciples?” 2 So Jesus taught them this prayer: “OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, MAY THE GLORY OF YOUR NAME BE THE CENTER ON WHICH OUR LIFE TURNS. May your Holy Spirit come upon us and cleanse us. Manifest your kingdom on earth. 3 And give us our needed bread for the coming day. 4 Forgive our sins as we ourselves release forgiveness to those who have wronged us. And rescue us every time we face tribulations.” 

PERSISTENCE BROUGHT THE DESIRED OUTCOME. 

He instructs us to ask and keep on asking persistently; Seek and keep on seeking persistently; Knock and keep on knocking persistently and the door will OPEN.

Anger 04-Jul-2021

by Pastor Roy Esposito

  • Contempt – Holds within it the intention to harm and is Anti-Love; Anti-Christ
  • Matt 5:21-26 (TPT) — Don’t HOLD anger in your hearts
  • a FEELING that can seize minds and bodies and impel one to act against any perceived threats
  • Ps 4:4 (NKJ) “Be angry and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed and be still.”
  • “Go to a safe place (bed) – take a beat – think it out – still your emotions”
  • Eph 4:26-27 (TPT)
  • Eph 4:26 (NKJ) -” Don’t let the sun go down on your wrath.”
  • Jack Hayford – “Anger may win a moment, but it is not to win the day.” -Don’t hold it even for a day!
  • Anger expressed with contempt will quickly turn dark and evil
  • Contempt – has within it MALICE; the will to do evil
  • Intention: To make a painful impression on us
  • Beyond the spontaneous form of anger – Choose to stay angry – “Angry People”
  • Angry People – carry a full supply of rage with them, ready to explode
  • When anger is not waived off and chosen to be indulged there is an element of Self-Righteous and Vanity at work. People with wounded hearts and egos
  • The antidote for the poison of contemptuous anger: Persisting in LOVE
  • 1 Cor 13:4 – Love never fails!
  • Jm 4:7 (TPT) -” Surrender to God, Stand up to the devil and resist him and he will run away.”